My file automatically opens instead of saving when I download in ChromePosted on: Oct, 2020 By: Art Holden
Have you tried downloading items in Chrome but they open instead of downloading? If you are using Google Chrome as your internet browser and notice this, don't worry, we can help! If the file automatically opens instead of saving when using Chrome, keep on reading!
Learn how to set whether a file opens or saves automatically when downloading using Chrome
In a perfect world: The file downloads normally...hooray!
Ideally, when you click "Download" on one of our items (in Chrome) you'll have this icon show up in the lower-left corner of your computer screen.
If you click the dropdown arrow (right next to the word "gif" in the image above) you get 3 options:
By now, the file is already downloaded to the Downloads folder on your computer. Clicking the dropdown menu only gives you additional options.
- Open - this will open the file in the default program for this file type (for GIF it is typically Edge, PNG / JPEG is usually Paint, WMV is usually Windows Media Player, and PPTX is PowerPoint)
- Always open files of this type. This changes the default setting so instead of saving the file, it will open it in the default program, then let you choose whether or not to save the file. This is where it gets very tricky and can easily wreak havoc later.
- Show in folder - this opens the folder (usually downloads folder) containing the file, so you can then move it, open it, etc. at your discretion.
The file automatically opens...how to make it download instead!
So, if you click "Always open files of this type (even once!)- ... what happens is that the file will automatically open instead of downloading to the folder, and will open in whatever the default program is for the file type. Then, the file automatically opens instead of saving when I download in Chrome
To change this setting, start by clicking the "Tools" icon on your Chrome browser
(Updated 7/17/2020 - click the 3 DOTS icon)
When you click on the three small
lines dots (tools icon), you'll see a dropdown box appear.
Click on "Settings" and you'll see a new page pop up in your Chrome browser window. Scroll down to Advanced Settings, click Downloads, and clear your Auto Open options. Next time you download an item, it will be saved instead of opened automatically.
If you're more of a visual learner, we did create a brief video of how to set chrome to download links instead of opening them below.
Good morning everybody, this is Kara Jones with PresenterMedia, and today we’re talking Chrome. Or more specifically, what happens when you click on a link in Chrome and it keeps opening instead of saving to your computer. What do I mean by that? In the background I have our PresenterMedia website open, don’t worry guys I tested this out this morning. If you open up a file, or rather you click on a link and then click on a file to download it, sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes, you might notice that you don’t get a cute little download option, it just opens the file in the viewer, then you open the viewer and you’re like wait a minute waaaaah! I want to save this, I want to save this whole thing, how do I save this? I don’t know how. So what is happening right now, is Chrome is using the settings that are going to allow you to preview any kind of item. So this is not just the video backs, this is not just the clip art images, this is anything really that you’re able to open from our website or even from other websites. So you just click on a link and it opens it. You can use edit and create, try to find out where you’re saving this file. If you’re like me, instead of having to go through all these steps, you’d rather just have the file download, and then you’re done. So, to get to that, all we have to do is in Chrome, we get to our settings. To get to settings go to the three little drop down and you go down to Settings, third from the bottom right there. Then click on Advanced, and downloads. You’ll notice that the downloads section atthe very top has a default location for anything you would save to, and then you have “ask for where each file saves before downloading, open certain file types before downloading. That is the option we want to go and have cleared. Click Clearand now by default when we click on something instead of it automatically opening it, it’s going to give us that beautiful little download option at the bottom. And remember you can always click the up arrow and Always open files of this type if you do just want to preview it let’s say you do watch a lot of the video backgrounds instead of downloading them. Or you can click show in folder. Show in folder is great because it can show you where everything is downloaded to, and not only that, you can be able to make sure if you did download something one, two, three times whoops! You can have access to everything that did get downloaded to that location.So this is just a great way for you as a user to be able to have more control over what it is that you’re downloading. That’s it folks, thanks so much for watching today’s tutorial, this is Kara Jones with PresenterMedia. If you like watching tutorials like this, make sure to like and subscribe, and if you would like to be able to download all of the content on the PresenterMedia website for $59.95 a year, that’s not even a cup of coffee a month if you go to one of the fancy places. You can get unlimited PowerPoint templates, animations, including custom text where you can change everything, customizable clip art images, video backgrounds including custom videos, a new slide clip video maker, and more. Unlimited downloads all year long. C’mon, join the fun, leave a comment below if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them for you. And as always folks, this is Kara Jones with PresenterMedia, let’s make great presentations.
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